2013 ACE Nominees

The American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) 2013

The American Kennel Club Humane Fund is proud to announce the nominees for the 2013 Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Established in 2000, ACE has become a valuable public-outreach program for the AKC Humane Fund as well as a source of pride among the fancy and the dog community.

The winners and honorable mentions in the categories of Exemplary Companion, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Service, and Therapy, will be announced in late August. The five recipients will each receive engraved silver collar medallions and $1,000 cash awards at a presentation ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida, on December 14 & 15, 2013. Dogs earning honorable mention will be cited and will receive bronze collar medallions.

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  • Alice– Hamiltonstovare owned by Ashley Hammock, Michelle Longman, Angela Goodard of Goochland, VA (Service Dog)
  • Amos, Dodger, and Patty– Labrador Retrievers owned by Canine Advocacy Program of Novi, MI (Law Enforcement Dogs)
  • Argus– German Shepherd owned by Jeremy Wells of Abingdon, MD (Service Dog)
  • Arthur– All American owned by Celeste Davie of Chula Vista, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Banjo– Portuguese Water Dog owned by Chuck Ellman of Bedminster, NJ (Therapy Dog)
  • Bart– Vizsla owned by Darcy Duval of Griffin, GA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Bart– Border Collie owned by Pam Hogan of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • BC– German Shepherd owned by P.O. Eugene H. Wilsea, #2182 of Yorktown Heights, NY (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Beck– All American owned by Kevin and Kathi Jo Zornes of Lucasville, OH (Therapy Dog)
  • Bella– Newfoundland owned by Lesley S. Nord of Shepherdsville, KY (Therapy Dog)
  • Bety ("Pocket Rocket")– German Shepherd owned by SSgt Melissa Schmalhorst of Lebanon, MO (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Biene– German Shepherd owned by Brandy Salazar of Chesapeake, VA (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Bodie– German Shepherd owned by Officer Randy Van Dusen of Roseville, CA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Bracken– Rough Collie owned by Carolyn Pearce of Rosseau, ON (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Bravo– Chesapeake Bay Retriever owned by KC Owens of Salt Lake City, UT (Service Dog)
  • Brella– Dandie Dinmont Terrier owned by Mrs. Sandra Still of Garner, NC (Therapy Dog)
  • Bronx– German Shepherd owned by Chris Carswell of Brunswick, GA (Service Dog)
  • Cali– Labrador Retriever owned by Sherri L. Rusch of Warrensburg, MO (Therapy Dog)
  • Cassidy– All American (Mini Aussie x Sheltie) owned by Kathy Cain of Midvale, UT (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Charley– Welsh Terrier owned by Jerry Nickell of Oklahoma City, OK (Therapy Dog)
  • Charlie– Beagle owned by Patricia Tirrell of Durham, NC (Therapy Dog)
  • Chase– Labrador Retriever owned by Cera Reusser of Warren, OR (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Cirra– Great Pyrenees owned by Robyn Douglas and Denise Houseknecht of Bar Harbor, ME (Therapy Dog)
  • Connor & Zipper– Labrador Retrievers owned by Rhonda Beauvais of Shreveport, LA (Therapy Dogs)
  • Cooper– Golden Retriever owned by CASA of Lea County of Hobbs, NM (Therapy Dog)
  • Cotton Candy– Chinese Crested owned by Kaya Knapp of Luthersburg, PA (Service Dog)
  • Cranberry– Golden Retriever owned by Janine A. Prindle of Enumclaw, WA (Service Dog)
  • *Denali– Spinone Italiano owned by Robert Ipcar and Jane Landis of Brooklyn, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Destiny– Shetland Sheepdog owned by Richard Wilkinson of Magna, UT (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Dexter– All American (Belgian Malinois x Labrador Retriever) owned by Travis Snuffer of Maidsville, WV (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Diesel– All American owned by Mandy Malin of Georgetown, OH (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Diesel– Bulldog owned by Rebecca Burlage of Mineral, VA (Service Dog)
  • Dina– Belgian Malinois owned by Janet Mertz of San Antonio, TX (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Dino– All American owned by Jackie Phillips of San Leandro, CA (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Dizney– Golden Retriever owned by Carol and Dan Everetts of Harrisburg, SD (Therapy Dog)
  • Drago– Spinone Italiano owned by Lauren Friedman (co-owned by Christopher Sweetwood) of Milford, CT (Therapy Dog)
  • Dulce– Beagle owned by Kathleen Weaver of Farmers Branch, TX (Service Dog)
  • Elvis– Labrador Retriever owned by Kinzie Bruton of Bloomfield, NM (Service Dog)
  • Ester Lou– Bloodhound owned by Annette Compton of Henryville, IN (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Flash– Dalmatian owned by Tryssa de Ruyter of Simi Valley, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Foster– Giant Schnauzer owned by Jim Hartman of Prospect, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Gabe– Bulldog owned by Cheryl Knapp of Bellingham, WA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Gigi– Rat Terrier owned by Deborah Davidson Harper of Harbor City, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Gizzi– Cardigan Welsh Corgi owned by Janet Boberg of Phoenix, AZ (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Harris– Labradoodle owned by Lisa K. Levy of New Rochelle, NY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Hayward– All American owned by Lori Banks of Hammond, LA (Service Dog)
  • Honey– German Shepherd owned by Michael Gaither of Chiefland, FL (Service Dog)
  • Hope– Labrador Retriever owned by Ann Begun of San Jose, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Hudson Valley Golden Retrievers– Golden Retrievers owned by Hudson Valley Golden Retrievers Club of Sherman, CT (Therapy Dog)
  • Ian– Rough Collie owned by Denice Dranchok of Tulsa, OK (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Izabel– Portuguese Water Dog owned by PJ Marks of Olympia, WA (Service Dog)
  • Jack– Rhodesian Ridgeback owned by Kelly Larkin and Diane Jacobsen of Cottonwood, AZ (Service Dog)
  • Jesse– German Shepherd owned by Susan Condreras of Riverhead, NY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Jessee– Shetland Sheepdog owned by DeAnn Shults of London, KY (Therapy Dog)
  • Joey– Havanese owned by Rob Meerdink of Orange City, IA (Therapy Dog)
  • Josie– Border Collie owned by Ronnie Hogan of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Joss– All American owned by Margo G. Dietrich of Norcross, GA (Service Dog)
  • Justice– Great Pyrenees owned by Dan Mcormick of Riley, KS (Service Dog)
  • Jynx– German Shepherd owned by Kyle Pagerly of Reading, PA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Kai– Border Collie owned by Debra Smilie Blomgren of Yorkville, IL (Therapy Dog)
  • Kennedy– English Springer Spaniel owned by Sara Margaret Gubala of Nederland, TX (Therapy Dog)
  • Kermit– Newfoundland owned by Bonnie and Lenny Giacovelli of Jupiter, FL (Therapy Dog)
  • Kitty– Portuguese Water Dog owned by Laura Hardman of Seattle, WA (Therapy Dog)
  • Lady Azor– Standard Poodle owned by Stacey Clegg of New Port Richey, FL (Service Dog)
  • LCC K9 Comfort– Golden Retrievers owned by LCC K9 Comfort of Addison, IL (Therapy Dogs)
  • Lead Off– Labrador Retriever owned by Nancy Sollman of Shepherdsville, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • LeRoi– Great Pyrenees owned by Sherri Perkins of Morrow, OH (Therapy Dog)
  • Lexi– Golden Retriever owned by Deborah A. Schultz of Waukesha, WI (Service Dog)
  • Lizzie– Newfoundland owned by Anne & David Nored; Benita Edds & Patti Sutherland (co-owners, breeders) of Waxhaw, NC (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Louie– Border Collie owned by Paula Lomax of Sellersburg, IN (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Luna– German Shepherd owned by Nick Ward of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Luna– All American owned by Paige Kolok of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Maggie– All American owned by Dianne Davis of Washington Court House, OH (Therapy Dog)
  • Magi– All American owned by The Williams Family/Deborah Davidson Harpur of San Pedro, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Makon– Pomeranian owned by James D. Murphy & Elizabeth Felicetti-Murphy of Palm Harbor, FL (Service Dog)
  • Marley– Corgi owned by Amy Schlenner of Clarksfield, MN (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Max– German Shepherd owned by Jennifer Braden of Pewaukee, WI (Therapy Dog)
  • Mike– American Staffordshire Terrier owned by Michelle Okashima of Kines Beach, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Mikey– Staffordshire Bull Terrier owned by Judith Brecka of Santa Monica, CA (Service Dog)
  • Mo– Pomeranian owned by James D. Murphy & Elizabeth Felicetti-Murphy of Palm Harbor, FL (Service Dog)
  • Molly Jo IX– Shih Tzu owned by Carol Mason of Lake Helen, FL (Therapy Dog)
  • Molly Mae– Labrador Retriever owned by Lee Root of Carrollten, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Nash– Belgian Malinois owned by Special Agent Jeff Kunz of West Palm Beach, FL (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Obi– Labrador Retriever owned by Tina Larimore of Brandenburg, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Oxx– Belgian Malinois owned by Sgt. Keith H. Sanders of Montrose, CO (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Perry– Shetland Sheepdog owned by Barbara and Gordon Millman of San Pedro, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Petra– Belgian Sheepdog owned by Mrs. Kathleen K. Morris of Browns Valley, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Phoebe– English Labrador owned by Dr. Claire V. Wiseman of New Haven, CT (Therapy Dog)
  • Portia– Flat Coated Retriever owned by Sheila Consaul of Reston, VA (Therapy Dog)
  • Posha– German Shepherd owned by USMC Handler William "Billy" Soutra of Canton, GA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Prudence– Dachshund owned by Dorrie Wilson of Hamlin, PA (Therapy Dog)
  • Quincy– English Mastiff owned by Karen March of Ewing, NJ (Therapy Dog)
  • Ranger– Labrador Retriever owned by Teri Reed of Jefferson, IN (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Rani– Bernese Mountain Dog owned by Carol Lynn Fox of Chandler, AZ (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Rex– All American owned by Gary Thompson of Pelein, TN (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Rickie Roo– Rat Terrier owned by Deborah Davidson Harpur of Harbor City, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Rocco– Dutch Shepherd owned by� of Elk Grove, CA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Romeo– Chihuahua owned by Dale Heller of Lexington, SC (Therapy Dog)
  • Rookie– Golden Retriever owned by Susan Moriarty of Holland, MA (Service Dog)
  • Roscoe– Bloodhound owned by Mike Grossman of Moorpark, CA (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Rosie– Saint Bernard owned by Bill and Laura Gordon of Greenfield, MA (Service Dog)
  • Roxie– All American owned by Amanda Kinniard of Yelm, WA (Therapy Dog)
  • Ruby Roo– All American owned by Karen Woodage of Calcot, Reading, Berkshire, UK (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Ruckus– Labrador Retriever owned by Bev Blanchard of Rochester Hills, MI (Therapy Dog)
  • Rumor– Rottweiler owned by Lisa Medina of Moreno Valley, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Rylan, Tuesday, Carmina, Dellma, Mikki– Doberman, Doberman, Doberman, Dalmatian, and Newfoundland owned by Canine Advocacy Program of Novi, MI (Service Dogs)
  • Sage– Bloodhound owned by Cindi Sims of Lotus, CA (Service Dog)
  • Sam– Cardigan Welsh Corgi owned by Jan Bilgen & Teresa Kannaro of Whitewater, WI (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Sammi– Brussels Griffon owned by Russell Woodling of Landisville, PA (Service Dog)
  • Sera– Australian Shepherd owned by Gayle Silberhorn of Lockport, IL (Therapy Dog)
  • Siebert– Labrador Retriever owned by USMC Veteran Linsay Wykoff of Hanover, MI (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Slippery– Labrador Retriever owned by Cris Lewis of Hortonville, WI (Therapy Dog)
  • Smores– All American owned by Rhonda M. West of Binghamton, NY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Sprocket & Spanner– Jack Russell Terriers owned by Victoria Williams of St. Joseph, MI (Therapy Dogs)
  • Stella– Standard Poodle owned by Marissa Levy of New Rochelle, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Stewie– Australian Shepherd owned by Dina Zaphiris Garbis of Malibu, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Tara Jane– English Springer Spaniel owned by Pauline R. Barrick of East Aurora, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Tate– French Bulldog owned by Paul and Mary Raleigh, Nicholle Hoke of Fredericksburg, TX (Therapy Dog)
  • Tessie– Labrador Retriever owned by Carrie McGuire Jones of Hanover, MA (Therapy Dog)
  • Tipsy– Bulldog owned by Bea Page and Clay Page of Rome, GA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Trapp– Shetland Sheepdog owned by Michele French of Cheraw, SC (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Tucker– Wire Hair Fox Terrier owned by Jack Cotter of Otis Orchards, WA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Tuesday– Golden Retriever owned by Luis Carlos Montalvan of New York, NY (Service Dog)
  • Uffda– Bloodhound owned by Paul Dixon of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Viola– Labrador Retriever owned by Rick Sniffin of Bethesda, MD (Therapy Dog)
  • Wasabi– Samoyed owned by Heather Kelly of Thousand Oaks, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Windy– Labrador Retriever owned by Christine G. Anastos of Arlington, MA (Therapy Dog)
  • Winston– Glen of Imaal Terrier owned by Kelli Whitfield and Mark Brown of Cantonment, FL (Therapy Dog)
  • Xena– All American owned by Linda Hickey of Johns Creek, GA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Zeke– Belgian Malinois owned by Harrisburg Police Department, Tyron E. Meik of New Bloomfield, PA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Zosia– Australian Shepherd owned by Deborah Potter of NW Alameda, NM (Therapy Dog)
  • Zuri– Rhodesian Ridgeback owned by Lisa and Aidan Cakar of Mendham, NJ (Service Dog)